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Richard III (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Wang Xiaoying

The National Theatre of China return to the Globe with Richard III, Shakespeare’s hilarious horror-show of power and paranoia.

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King John (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: James Dacre

The remotest in time of all Shakespeare’s English history plays, King John, with its cynical allegiances and ruthless politicking, now feels his most abrasively modern.

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The Merchant of Venice (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Jonathan Munby

In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy.

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Dido, Queen of Carthage (2015)

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Playwright: Christopher Marlowe
Directed by: Jacqui Somerville

Aeneas is wrecked on the coast of Carthage. Dido, queen of a great trading power, is ready to help Aeneas build a second Troy in Italy – until Venus intervenes, and mere cooperation is transformed into a fierce, possessive love.

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Playing Shakespeare: Othello (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Bill Buckhurst

Othello was performed as part of the 2015 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project.

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The Broken Heart (2015)

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Playwright: John Ford
Directed by: Caroline Steinbeis

Ford’s very modern fascination with psychology and mental extremes are found everywhere in this brilliantly nuanced story of an exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.

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Farinelli and the King (2015)

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Playwright: Claire van Kampen
Directed by: John Dove

Spain, 1737. King Philippe V lies awake. The Queen, desperate to relieve her husband of his depression, begs the castrato to sing to the king. Philippe is healed, held captive by Farinelli’s voice – but so is Farinelli…

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L'Ormindo (2015)

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Playwright: Francesco Cavalli
Directed by: Kasper Holten

L’Ormindo is a comic and moving tale of the loves and betrayals of princes, its miraculous plot twists spurred on over three acts by the forces of Destiny, Love and Luck. Produced in collaboration with The Royal Opera.

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